Reflection Meeting and Story time
At BunnyBears Preschool we value children's interactions and look for opportunities for younger and older children to play together. We do so by playing together in the early mornings and late afternoons. However, we separate into our age groups to do age appropriate activities, play and work.
Our carefully selected, nature inspired, alternative play materials allow children and teachers to wonder together while nurturing children’s creativity and imagination.
We learn trough play and daily explorations. Teachers and children are partners in discovery! Social interactions and learning is crucial in our home like, child centered environment.
Children don’t have to be potty trained prior to enrollment. We work together with children and families helping our children to maser potty skills.
Children rest their bodies on cots during this time. Children are welcome to bring sheets, blankets, and cuddle toys from home. Soft music is played and the shades are lowered to encourage children to rest. Teachers sit with children and pat their backs to help them fall asleep. Children that don’t take naps stay in the Dragonfly room and quietly read books. As children wake up, they go to the Dragonfly room for quiet activities until it is time to get ready to go outside.
All school comes together for lunch time outdoors (weather permitting). Teachers help children to open their lunch boxes and warm up food from home. Children share special notes from home they find in the lunch boxes, talk about their favorite foods and share events of the day. (12:00-12:30)
Each age group and their teacher have their morning meetings every day. The entire class meets for their morning meeting to reflect on morning dynamics, re-visit on going investigations and plan their day. Children take turns talking and listening to their peers. They share opportunities to discuss topics of interest and announce special family events. Songs, nursery rhymes and learning chants often come from Caterpillar and Butterfly rooms. (9:45-10:15)
Children gather together to reflect on their day and revisit their work that took part on that day. They ask questions and comment on their group and individual work. Teacher listens and participates in the conversation, she makes notes on how she could help children to continue their investigations and what resources she will need to help children to deepen their knowledge. Older children finish their reflection meeting by reading a story book. Caterpillar room mainly focuses on story reading and felt board story telling. On certain days a special parent reader in the classroom presents story time. (11:30-12:00)
Caterpillars and Butterflies eat morning snack inside Family style. Children help themselves to serve bagels, waffles, toast, and fresh fruit. They use ceramic cups and bowls and clean up after themselves by taking their cups to the tray once they are done. Morning Snack is served at the picnic tables outside for the Dragonflies, they use paper cups. (9:30a.m-10:00a.m)
The whole school eats afternoon snack at the picnic tables outside. Healthy snack options (whole grain crackers, cheese quesadilla, pasta etc.) along with fresh fruit are offered to children. Children drink water throughout the day. (3:30p.m)
Morning and Afternoon Snacks
Each family has their own morning routines and rituals. Through collaboration between parents and teachers, we have developed separation routines that work best for each child. Some children come to school as early as 7a.m. They arrive in the Community Room. Our early mornings start with an intimate story reading with a teacher or gathering in the art studio. As more children arrive to school they choose their area of interest to explore and enjoy free play time. This is also a time for families to communicate with teachers. (7a.m-9:15a.m)
After nap time the entire school plays together outside. An art activity is offered in the art studio. Invitations are created at the picnic tables for children to work in small groups: puzzles, small manipulatives, loose parts etc. Children who stay all day are picked up anytime between 3 and 6pm. Pick up usually occurs outside until sunset when we bring the children into the Caterpillar room for quiet activities. Half-day children are typically picked after lunch at 12:30
During this time invitations are created for children to explore a wide range of different materials that support early learning. Work in small groups is encouraged by teachers where meaningful conversations among teachers and children take place. Teachers carefully observe children and offer resources to help children to deepen their knowledge and expand their work. Children have opportunity to come to the art studio and choose to work with rich materials to expand their line of work. Clay, wire, markers pencils are available to children. Overhead projector is also used in the art studio for light and shadow exploration. (10:00-11:30)
Small Group Work
Each age group takes turns going outside in the morning. Weather permitting children participate in gross motor activities in our playground. The outdoor art studio is always available and an invitation is set up on the art table. The sand area is open for the children and provocations are set up based on current interests ranging from gross/fine motor to sensory activities .Depending on the time of the year children take care of garden, set up sensory play station, clean the playground and dry off morning dew of the playground structure and tables. Each age groups get an hour of outdoors play in the morning and spends most of the afternoons playing outdoors (8:30a.m-11:30a.m and 3:30p.m – 5:30p.m)